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We need to talk about Egypt: how brutal counter-terrorism is failing Egypt and its allies

13 October 2017 We need to talk about Egypt: how brutal counter-terrorism is failing Egypt and its allies

Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has garnered international support and legitimacy by acting tough on terrorism – a justification he’s used as cover for widespread repression that strangles dissent and eliminates political opponents.  

In Saferworld’s latest in-depth article, we argue that such repressive tactics only serve to further inflame violent conflict and anger at the state. Those who experience injustice at the hands of the government often feel that they have nowhere to turn and no way to express their grievances. This has become a strong recruitment tool for violent groups. To effectively address the problem, Western governments must unwaveringly promote respect for human rights, democracy and freedom of expression, and put these values ahead of business or political interests.

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Read the report in Arabic here.

Read more about Saferworld's work on constructive alternatives to counter-terrorism or about our work in North Africa.